God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. (1 Cor 1:28-29 ESV)
God has chosen the people that are despised—objects of contempt—to “bring to nothing” things that are!
In Bible days, God used Gentiles, after they became followers of Jesus Christ, to annihilate the works of the enemy through the working of miracles. Whatever believers do in serving the Lord does not give them grounds to boast, but rather, it reminds us that we are servants and vessels in the hands of our King.
He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, and sets others in their place. (Job 34:24 NKJV) In our modern day terms, the Lord breaks powerful, rich, and influential people by exposing the truth about them in very public ways. With others who are on the same paths of greed and dominance, He sets them in their place and wakes them up to God’s power when they see their friends endure public exposure and humiliation.
The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,
and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. (Isa 2:11 NKJV) No human being is entitled to be haughty. The Lord alone deserves praise, honor, and exaltation.
Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. (Isa 37:36 NKJV) This is a shocking but real example of God bringing to nothing things, and people, that exist in order to fulfill His own plans.
You shall seek them and not find them—those who contended with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing. (Isa 41:12 NKJV, emphasis added) The Lord is the divine judge of all, and He is the only One who decides when a human being has had all of the chances that He has allotted to them.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. (Ps 32:10 NKJV)
Glory to God! Those who are in a close and obedient relationship with Jesus as their Savior and Lord are surrounded by mercy, protection and the blood of the Lamb! In humility and thanksgiving, with fear and trembling, it is our honor to serve the living God.